An Optimised HVAC system (Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning) helps ensure that an indoor environment is both safe and comfortable for its occupants. The main purpose is to deliver air quality to occupant comfort levels as efficiently as possible.
But what are the specifics to look for in manufacturing?
Airflow through open loading docks and doors wastes energy in manufacturing facilities. To reduce energy losses, make sure that the doors are closed and sealed whenever possible.
One challenge with efficiently heating a manufacturing facility is the wide range of functions and spaces in the facility. If a large facility has a small section used as an office, people working there will expect a reasonable indoor room temperature year-round. The same applies to individuals working on a loading dock on a cold winter day.
Large Ceiling Fans
If a space is cooled, high-volume, low-speed ceiling fans save energy by improving air circulation. These fans allow you to raise the temperature by as much as 4.5°F (2.5°C) while still maintaining occupant comfort.
Reflective Roof Coatings
If the roof of your building needs recoating or painting, consider white or some other highly reflective colour to minimize the amount of heat the building absorbs. This change can often reduce peak cooling demand by 15% to 20%.
If your facility doesn’t already have a cogeneration system—also called combined heat and power (CHP)—consider installing one. These systems simultaneously supply heat and electricity from a single fuel source.